Re: Flare does not import PDFs -- any workarounds?

Subject: Re: Flare does not import PDFs -- any workarounds?
From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:01:29 -0500

Hi Craig:

My application for Flare was Webhelp with PDF pages embedded (linked via an
icon) in an HTML page. That worked fine, but I was not putting PDFs in the
table of contents or expecting the PDF to open within Flare. The HTML page
opened, and clicking the linked icon opened the PDF file when I tested this.


Of course, I didn't expect Flare to open up a PDF natively--is that what you
were looking to do?

The knowledgebase that I built included a "block" at the top right of each
page with information about accessing the PDF file and an icon. That's how I
did it in RoboHelp v5x also, because I was never able to reliably open PDFs
in RoboHelp either.

Not sure it this helps you, but I thought I'd chime in.

PT


On 1/15/08, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com> wrote:
>
> A little while ago I asked which application you would recommend for
> help authoring, RoboHelp or Flare. Most everyone said Flare. Okay, I
> downloaded and have been testing Flare. Everything is working out well
> enough. I'm adjusting to the learning curve. However, I remembered most
> of our legacy material resides in Word docs and PDF files.
>
>
>
> I couldn't figure out how to import PDFs into Flare, so I had to email
> and ask. The answer was surprising: Flare does not import PDF fies.
>
>
>
> Flare imports Word docs and entire RoboHelp projects, but not PDF files.
> Ouch.
>
>
>
> If anyone has run into this and solved it, please let me know.
>
>
>
> -- Craig
>
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